I’m an interior designer, here are 6 things in your living room I think you should get rid of

Stylish living room
A beautiful living room requires careful and purposeful curation. Photographee.eu/Shuttershock
  • As the founder of DBF Interiors, I’ve seen common mistakes that downgrade living rooms.
  • I advise you curate perfect pieces for your space instead of trying to cram a bunch in.
  • Rugs should infuse personality into your room, so don’t settle for boring options.
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As the founder of and interior stylist at DBF Interiors, I’ve seen my fair share of cluttered and unintentionally designed living rooms.

Now more than ever, it’s important to curate a calm space that reflects your personality and acts as a safe retreat instead of a source for cluttered chaos.

Read on for a few things in your living room I think you should get rid of.

Remove furniture that makes your space feel cramped, and feature curated pieces instead

Placing too much furniture in your living room is a design mistake since bad spatial arrangements paired with large, clunky pieces can make your space feel crowded.

Instead of filling your living room with lots of furniture, be intentional about the items you select.

Focus on essential, yet unique pieces that will also bring visual interest to your space and maintain an open floor plan.

Replace boring rugs with ones that make a statement

Accent rug in living room
Rugs should infuse personality into your space. Artazum/Shuttershock

I find that many people settle for bland and uninspiring rugs that fail to add color or flavor to a space.

Try out colorful, patterned rugs to jazz up your living room and infuse it with your personality.

Too many accent chairs can cause unneeded clutter

Accent chairs in living room
You may be better off with one larger seating piece than with two or more accent chairs. Susan Law Cain/Shuttershock

A beautifully designed accent chair can complement your living room, but if it doesn’t fit with your space’s layout or seating plan, forcing one in can cause unnecessary clutter.

Instead, swap multiple accent chairs for one larger comfortable seat if that’s what your space allows for.

Hide visible wires to keep your space looking neat

Visible cords and wires can distract from a well-decorated space.

Find creative ways to hide the visible wires within your living room and entertainment center to make your space feel less cluttered. For example, you can easily hide wires by feeding them through your TV console or snaking them behind baseboard accessories.

Swap out your pillow covers with fresh designs and colors

Living room throw pillow
Stylish pillows can upgrade your space. VDB Photos/Shuttershock

Swap out your accent pillows every six months to a year to spruce up your living room.

Instead of completely throwing your pillows out, you can opt for aesthetically pleasing covers that are easy to change and reflect trendy textures, colors, and patterns.

Curated accent pillows can serve as visual interest for your couch, adding more personality and substance to your living area.

Bad lighting can make your space feel drab, so assess your room to choose the right fixtures

Good lighting can make or break your space – no one wants to dwell in a dark, depressing room.

When sourcing lighting options, assess your space to determine what fixture would work best. For example, if your living room has natural light, then you should pepper in a nice table lamp or standing fixture with some soft candles.

But make sure to also eliminate any bad lighting – like bulbs that are dim, fluorescent, or colored – and fixtures that don’t functionally fit in the space.